Thursday Wireless - September 8, 2016

Thursday Wireless - Immanuel's Weekly News Update

Dear People of Immanuel,

I spent most of Wednesday at the hospital with Charlie and did not get back to the Parish Office until after 8pm Wednesday evening. That's why the initial email about Charlie's surgery didn't go out until late yesterday evening and why this issue of the Wireless is a day late this week. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

-Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator

Update on Charlie Spigner & This Sunday at Immanuel

Charlie underwent cardiac bypass surgery this morning at Memorial Regional Medical Center.  The surgery team created two bypasses. He is still asleep as I write this, but he is doing well and the bypasses are working as they should. Charlie is expected to make a full recovery. He will be in the hospital for a few days, and will be in critical care for a while, so only family can visit him at this point. Rest will help him heal!

Charlie will need time to recover both in the hospital and at home before he can be back with us. The Rev. Pam Webb has agreed to be our Supply Priest for the next two Sundays. We'll get supply priests for further Sundays as needed, based on Charlie's recovery. The Rev. Webb also offered to be available for urgent pastoral situations. If you are in need of pastoral care, please call the Parish Office at 779-3454 and Britton Trimble will give your contact information to her.   

Cherub School Begins on Monday

Cherub School begins on this coming Monday, September 12! The classes are just about full, and we have a great group of teachers this year. We welcome all of our teachers to a new school year, especially new teacher April Miller. 

Parish Picnic This Sunday

Join us after church on this coming Sunday, September 11, for our Parish Picnic.  This year we will be here at Immanuel's Pavilion.  As always, fried chicken will be provided. Please bring a side or a dessert to share, and whatever drink you'd like to drink.

Prayers Sought for Music in the Old Church

Have you ever had a project ahead of you and had mixed feelings and anxiety about what was about to happen?  You know that it will change your life.  You know that good things can come out of it, but you question how everything will get done.  That's the space that I'm in right now.  I'm so excited to have gathered the right music together for a beautiful concert.  I'm excited that so many talented singers have volunteered to join the choir, to give up two night a week for five weeks, and to gather to learn the scores and put the finishing touches on this amazing music.  Once we get started this Sunday night, Sept. 11th, 7:00 - 9:15, I'll be fine.  Until then, pray for me that I'll have the patience needed, the wisdom and skill to teach and direct, and the coordination not to fling the baton across the room.

-Jimmy Hicks, Minister of Music

Music in the Old Church Begins

We're ordering music and getting ready to start rehearsals for the next Music in the Old Church concert, Songs for the Soul. It'll be held on October 15, 2016 at 4pm at Church of the Holy Comforter, 4819 Monument Ave., Richmond. This year's concert will include music from a variety of composers, and features the beautiful Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest.  The choir will be accompanied by a ten piece professional orchestra.  If you have questions, or would like to sing, please contact Minister of Music Jimmy Hicks to learn more. Rehearsals begin on Sunday evening, September 11. 

Walk in Love

Your Stewardship Committee has already been hard at work on the 2017 Stewardship program.  This year's program and theme is Walk in Love. Those three words are the beginning of the sentence we often hear spoken at the Offertory during the service of Holy Eucharist. Our stewardship season begins on Sunday, September 18 with a kickoff brunch and Pledge Card pickup. Meanwhile, we invite you to pray for Immanuel as we begin preparing our church for 2017. 

Stevi B's Fundraiser for the Pilgrimage

Enjoy Stevi B's pizza (9158 Atlee Rd., Mechanicsville, 23116) and help the 2017 Liverpool-Virginia Pilgrimage! On September 20, 5-9pm, the Pilgrimage will get 10% of all dine in, take out, and token sales.  Just be sure to mention Immanuel Episcopal Church Youth to the cashier.

Update: Parish House Security System

Keyholders, please be sure you still have your access code and instructions (see Britton Trimble in the Parish Office for a replacement if needed). We've set off several false alarms recently by inputting the wrong code. After 3 false alarms, the Hanover Sheriff's Office will charge us. Please don't trust your memory -  take a moment to review your code and the steps to disarm the security system before you unlock the Parish House door. 

If you are the last person to leave the Parish House, it's up to you to lock up and arm the security system.  If the system only beeps once when you try to arm it instead of starting the 45 second countdown of beeps, it's not armed. Pull the main door more tightly closed, stand still in front of the alarm panel for a moment, and try again.  If you set off the alarm by mistake, please call Britton Trimble, Parish Administrator immediately at 814-7342. Please call Britton if you have trouble arming the system. 

Attention Past and Current Shawl Knitters

If you have any leftover Homespun yarn that you would be willing to consider contributing to a "shawl of many colors" prayer shawl(s) that will be constructed of all of our offerings, please bring it to church or drop it by the parish house during office hours. It's a great way use up the leftovers and create a unique shawl with many blessings for its wearer. 

Yoga at Immanuel!

Come join us for Integral Hatha Yoga on Tuesdays, 4:45 pm - 5:45pm, beginning September 13. The recommended donation is $12. Beginner to intermediate levels are welcome; please bring your own mat. The class is being taught by Martha Childress, RYT 200. Martha has taken 200 hours of training to become certified to teach Yoga through the Integral school, which was founded by Sri Swami Satchidananda, who stated the goal of Yoga is "an easy body, a peaceful mind and a useful life." Contact Martha at if you have questions.

Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office hours are generally Mondays-Thursdays, 9am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.

BBQ and Oyster Roast and Auctions

Generic letters you can take to businesses to ask for donations are ready! You may get them from the table in the Parish House entryway. Tickets will go on sale in the early fall, and we'll let you know when that happens.

Instead of steak, which can be difficult to cook to suit since nearly everyone like theirs cooked a certain and slightly different way, we're going to try out serving homemade barbecue along with the oysters.  It'll still be held on the first Saturday in November, we'll still have the Silent and Live Auctions, and of course we'll still be roasting oysters. 

Adult Christian Education

Adult Christian Education resumes on Sunday, September 25, following refreshments. Join us as we view and discuss a DVD series, Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land Through the Five Books of Moses. Author Bruce Feiler will take us on an amazing journey to sites of Biblical stories such as Mt. Ararat, the Temple Mount, Mt. Sinai, and St. Catherine's Monastery. Along the way, we'll meet local tour guides, archaeologists, monks, Bedouins, and tribal leaders.  As our host deepens in his faith, we will have the opportunity to explore our own.  No outside reading is required for this series, but you may want to begin reading Genesis in preparation. There is a companion book available. Contact Joan Beal for more information. 

Church Inventory - We Need Your Help!

Carol Joyce is leading the effort to update and organize Immanuel's list of assets. In order to do that, we need to inventory all of our physical assets.   If you would like to help, please contact Carol Joyce at

Prayer List Update

Our prayer list is very long, and we are in the process of bringing it up to date.  So, please submit the name(s) of people who still need to be on the list, or people who can be removed. You can do this by filling out a Prayer List Update Card (available in the church and in the Parish House)  and placing it in the plate or returning it to the Parish Office. Thank you. 

Donations for CornerStone

Fish, vegetables, and beans are the suggested donations for September. Thanks for all that you do to help those in need!

Shop at Kroger, Help Immanuel!

Have you tried registering your Kroger Card with the Kroger Rewards program? It's a very easy way to benefit Immanuel, and not many of us are doing it. All you have to do is register your Kroger Plus Card online, choose Immanuel (Kroger organization number 82682) under Community Rewards, and whenever you shop at Kroger Immanuel will get a small percentage back.  See Britton Trimble in the Parish Office for more information. Britton will even help you log in and set it up!

The Calendar for September 8-14

Friday, September 9

  • Parish Office closed
  • Friday morning: Cherub Orientation & teacher workday
Sunday, September 11
  • 10am  - Holy Eucharist - Please welcome our Supply Priest, the Rev. Pam Webb
  • 11:15am - Parish Picnic in the Pavilion/Parish House
  • 7pm - Music in the Old Church Rehearsal at Holy Comforter
Monday, September 12  
  • 6:45pm - EfM
  • 7pm - Scouts
Tuesday, September 13  
  • 4:45pm - Yoga in the Parish House
  • 6:30pm - Cub Scouts
  • 7pm - Music in the Old Church Rehearsal at Holy Comforter

Wednesday, September 14

  • 7:30pm - Choir